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Bringing Down the Duke: swoony, feminist and romantic, perfect for fans of Bridgerton (A League of Extraordinary Women)

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This strongly driven and complex man, with a cold and severe poise (and how much of it is just that, poise? I really loved the relationships that Annabelle formed with the women involved and hope they each get their own stories. Well at least Annabelle didn’t think it was proper, the Duke didn’t care one bit, because he was ACTUALLY THE WORST. There are a few times when her passion about women’s rights and the classics shine through, but for the most part, she’s a bystander in her own story. Though if it is as they say that the personal is also a little bit political and vice versa, in this case a battle of wills, wits, hearts and souls is inevitable, or to put it in Annabelle’s own words: “Perhaps this is not a question of staying out of trouble, Your Grace.

He has the nerve to be offended when she tells him that he only thinks she’s good enough to be his whore. When Annabelle and her friends infiltrate his luxurious estate, she’s appalled to find herself attracted to the infuriatingly intelligent aristocrat – but perhaps she’s not the only one struggling with desire. In fact I loved it so much that I already went out and bought the second book which I’m hoping to pick up soon.Evie Dunmore shows us how far women have come, how women fought for what we consider normal and rightfully ours. Both have been burned in love before, and this influences how they approach each other, both equally cognizant of the attraction between them yet also wary of once again making the wrong decision in romance.

Anyway, this was still a good debut romance novel and I'm looking forward to reading about Lucy in the next one. I raced through this novel; there was something about the quality of writing and atmosphere that hooked me from page one, and simply wouldn't let me go. The attraction was now firmly back in place, yes, she was beyond denying it: she was hopelessly preoccupied with the grim-faced aristocrat across the footwell. But you could just tell from their first meeting that this was going to go off with a bang, a boy did it. I wasn’t even reading the book for the feminist tones, like many people were, and I could see how flimsy the premise was.It is about a 25 year old woman, Annabelle, who is vastly over-educated for her low station and has ruined her prospects by having an out-of-wedlock affair when she was 17. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. But things are destined to change when a shift in the course of action on the suffragists’ front brings these two rivals at close quarters.

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